A man was killed recently in an accident on the Ventura Freeway (134) at the connector to the Golden State Freeway (5).
According to Daily News, the man who died rear-ended another vehicle. Upon collision, his vehicle flew off of the road and went up in flames.
Officials with the California Highway Patrol investigated the accident as they were at an investigation of another accident just down the road. They were able to pull the man from the burning car and administer CPR. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead shortly after. The accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. As a result, officials closed the Freeway for several hours only to reopen it at 6:00 a.m.
Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys understand that the accident that the California Highway Patrol were at before this accident went down was a fatal accident as well. That accident happened just before 1:00 a.m. in the same area.
The truth of the matter is that our Interstates are like a battle field this time of year. We've got cars traveling in all directions at high speeds. We've got to pay close attention to our surroundings to remain safe out there. It's is of utmost importance to be responsible behind the wheel. One wrong move can land you in a potentially fatal accident.
We're here to offer you some Interstate Safety Tips to help to ensure your safety out there. Review these precautions and share them with friends and family members. It's especially important to be on your best behavior out there as the holiday travel season reels in some serious risks for car accidents.
-Getting on the Interstate: Make sure that you pick up speed as you travel along the on-ramp. Remember you're getting onto a road with a 70 mph speed limit. Look out for vehicles in the lanes you're merging into.
-Changing Lanes: Before doing so, make sure you check your mirrors, turn around to look and switch on your blinker. Move over a lane when the coast is clean and turn off your blinker. Make sure you don't slow your vehicle when doing so. Keep the pace and don't cut anyone off.
-Speed: Make sure you're aware of the posted speed limits. Don't travel too slowly either. You don't want to hinder the flow of traffic and remember that you can get pulled over for going too slow (usually 10 mph or more under the speed limit).
-Rest Stops: Take advantage of these stops. When traveling, you never want to spend more than 2 hours or travel more than 100 miles in one sitting. This increases your risks for a drowsy driving accident.
-Exiting the Interstate: Get into the lane with the exit as soon as possible. You don't want to change lanes at the last minute. Put on your blinker to alert the motorists around you. Slow down once you enter the off ramp. Remember speeds will drastically reduce once you're off of the Interstate.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
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